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CFNEIA Awards over $413,000 in Grants to Black Hawk County Organizations

January 19, 2018

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa held its Fall 2017 grant cycle awards ceremony at the Waterloo Center for the Arts on January 19, announcing the distribution of $413,882 in grants to 33 nonprofit and government entity projects serving Black Hawk County.

“The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger county is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said CFNEIA President and CEO, Kaye Englin. “The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is proud to be a partner in their work, and we are thankful for the generosity of community-minded people who make this impact possible.”

Grant recipients and the project the grant will fund (italicizied) are listed below by funding areas.

Art and Culture:

  • Hawkeye Community College Foundation, Dictators & Dreamers
  • Unity Presbyterian Church, No Strings Attached

Community Betterment:

  • St. Pauls United Methodist Church, Community Center
  • Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Service-Learning: Engaging Youth in Service to the Cedar Valley


  • Afro American Community Broadcasting, Community Learning Center (CLC)
  • Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation, Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)
  • Communities in Schools of Mid-America, Integrated Student Support Services
  • Covenant Medical Center - Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Covenant Clinic Pediatrics Reach out and Read
  • Grout Museum District, Museum School
  • SuccessLink, SuccessLink/Success Street
  • The Job Foundation, Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program


  • City of Waterloo, 2018 Ash Tree Replacement Project


  • Allen Hospital/Unity Point Health, Allen Child Protection Center
  • Cedar Valley Hospice, Palliative Care Expansion Project
  • Crisis Center of Johnson County, Black Hawk County Crisis Intervention Outreach
  • EMBARC, Refugee Empowered Access to Community Health REACH Advocates
  • Operation Threshold, Cedar Valley Readers - Vision To Learn Project

Human Service: 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, Black Hawk County One-to-One Mentoring
  • Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, Victim Services
  • Christian Community Development/House of Hope, House of Hope
  • Comprehensive Systems, Saving Lives, One Manikin At A Time
  • Exceptional Persons, Inc., Employment Services - Enclave
  • Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County, Parent Education
  • Getting Ahead in the Cedar Valley, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin'-By World Program
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Girl Scout Leadership Program for Underserved Girls
  • Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Healthy Families America-HOPES in Black Hawk County
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Produce & Perishable Program
  • Operation Threshold, OT Refugee Services
  • Riverview Center, Awareness of Services and Recruitment of Volunteers Campaign
  • Waypoint Services, Waypoint Domestic Violence Program Support
  • YWCA of Black Hawk County, Multicultural Services

Grants are awarded through CFNEIA’s competitive grant process. Decisions on grant awards are determined by CFNEIA’s grant distribution committee, which consists of volunteers from Black Hawk County. Grants are awarded to projects in the program areas of: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (or government entity) serving Blackhawk County in order to be considered for funding.

The Foundation has a fall and spring grant cycle for Black Hawk County. The 2018 spring grant cycle is now open with an application deadline of April 1, 2018.  Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

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